Aluminium Automotive Sheet Training Course, hosted by Innoval Technology - The Aluminium Federation

Innoval Technology is hosting a two-day training course at ALFED, the Aluminium Federation’s new home, Bragborough Hall Business Centre, NN11 7JG from the 30th-31st October 2023. The course is aimed at engineers, scientists, technologists, quality control personnel and other professionals in the aluminium and automotive industries who are interested in developing their knowledge of aluminium automotive sheet.

Innoval is a group of expert aluminium consultants who work with partners to develop products and production methods that put sustainability, usability and efficiency first. They build long-term relationships to help organisations design, develop and manufacture better products for end users and the environment. They believe that all products should be good for both people and the planet.

The course modules will be delivered by experienced and trusted Innoval consultants; the Managing Director, Dr. Gary Mahon and the Technical Manager for Surface Science, Dr. Junjie Wang.

Managing Director, Gary, has been working as a metallurgist in the aluminium industry for over 30 years, and has a huge amount of experience in automotive sheet and extrusions. He also consults in rolling and extrusion process improvement and strategic investment support.

Managing Director, Dr. Gary Mahon (pictured), commented: “Innoval has been providing experience-led technical support to the automotive industry for decades. Our team has contributed to the development and industrialisation of much of the automotive aluminium sheet technology in use today, and we’d like to share some of that expertise in this training.”

Aluminium Automotive Sheet Training Course, hosted by Innoval Technology - The Aluminium Federation

Consultant and Technical Manager, Junjie, has extensive experience in aluminium surface cleaning and pretreatment, surface quality evaluation and control; with over 15 years of research into aluminium surfaces. He joined Innoval’s Materials Development team in 2015. His current role involves him working with clients on aluminium automotive sheet product development and process improvement, including in-plant technical support when required.

Consultant and Technical Manager, Dr. Junjie Wang commented:

“Surface quality is very important for many aluminium products. It can impact product performance in areas such as bond durability, corrosion resistance and coating adhesion. As well as giving delegates an understanding of the metallurgy of automotive sheet, we’ll also be covering the important topic of surface control.”

Over the two-day course, attendees can expect to cover the following modules:

  • Background to the use of aluminium in automotive applications
  • Equipment needs and supply chain considerations
  • Metallurgy basics and 5000 series alloys property control
  • Surface control
  • Part forming and vehicle manufacture
  • 6000-series alloy property control
  • Corrosion and protection
  • Testing requirements and OEM qualification

Similar aluminium automotive sheet courses from Innoval have been very well-received in the past, with feedback such as:

“Very well prepared from a technical and process point of view. Not like a university course, but really for people working in the industry.”

“Very good team with fantastic communication (and also technical) skills.”

“The knowledge of the presenters is exceptional. Course layout is well-suited for those who have little or no experience.”

The cost of the course is £1,495 per person + VAT; please note this is a discounted rate for ALFED members.

If you wish to register, please contact the ALFED team at to request a booking form before the 22nd September 2023.

Please note, this course requires a minimum number of participants in order to run. Therefore, if this number is not met by the 6th October, a later date will be offered, and all interested parties will be contacted directly. No payments will be taken until the course is officially confirmed.

For any queries, please contact the ALFED team directly at or call on 0333 240 9735.

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